Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is on a Gulf tour in a bid to resolve the gulf crisis will be arriving to Doha today. He will be holding a meeting with Qatar’s Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
The leaders will be discussing about the means to develop the bilateral ties along with some Gulf crisis talk. Erdogan’s visit comes after his trip to Saudi Arabia, where he held talks with the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulazizi and Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, before leaving for Kuwait.
The President is accompanied by a high-profile delegation that includes Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak, Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli, Chief of Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, and National Intelligence Organization (MIT) head Hakan Fidan.
Erdogan expressed his disappointment over the recent developments in the Gulf region, reaffirming the need to “resolve differences in the region through peaceful means and through dialogue.
“No-one has any interest in prolonging this crisis any more,” Erdogan told a press conference before leaving Istanbul airport on the two-day trip to Gulf. Erdogan said the parties benefiting from the Gulf crisis are those who seek to “fire up tensions between brothers” in the region.
He also appreciated the efforts of Kuwait’s Emir H H Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah along with the efforts of other countries who are trying to resolve the crisis.
“Qatar has acted since the beginning of the Gulf crisis soundly and with great perseverance and has made great efforts to resolve the dispute through dialogue,” Erdogan stressed, describing the Emir’s speech delivered two days ago as a right step towards a solution.
“From the first moments of the Qatar crisis, we have been on the side of peace, stability, solidarity and dialogue,” said Erdogan.
Speaking about the occupied city of Jerusalem, Erdogan stressed that Al Aqsa Mosque is the honour of 1.7 billion Millions and not only the Palestinians, calling on the Israeli occupation to act in accordance with the law and human values and avoid any further steps that would escalate tension in the region.
Erdogan stressed on the efforts of Turkey to end the tensions in Occupied Jerusalem and restore calm to the Al Aqsa Mosque.